Modern electronic-cigarettes have only been around since 2006, but are really starting to pick up steam in the industry. Unlike traditional cigarettes, e-cigarettes produce water vapor, so there is no ash, smoke, or bad smell. Since the first electronic-cigarette was made, technology in every industry (including the tobacco industry) has been constantly changing. These changes has seen a sudden increase in the manufacture, sale and popularity of electronic cigarettes around the world. One company that makes and sells this new smoking alternatives also known as e-cigarettes is Vapor4Life.
Vapor4Life was formed by Steve Milin in April 2009. Since then, the company has continued to produce battery-operated e-cigarettes that can be recharged up to 300 times. Furthermore, the company offers a variety of flavors (over 150) and seven nicotine levels that can be used in many places where smokers are not allowed to smoke.
In a bid to conduct a review of Vapor4Life (V4L)’s electronic-cigarettes, we were sent 3 sets of V4L e-cigarette kits. Each kit was passed onto 3 independent smokers, 2 of whom were active e-cigarette users, to be tested. Overall, their responses were very good particularly when compared to their experiences of using other e-cigarettes. All three testers said they would recommend V4L e-cigarettes to other smokers as an excellent alternative to smoking. Among the strongest points mentioned were the packaging, flavor varieties and battery life.
The following feedback was received from one of our independent reviewers.
“I have been using the V4L electric cigarette for five days now, and my opinion is mixed, but rather positive on the whole. I had been a smoker for about seven years in total, with a three year long ‘break’ in the middle. Lately, I have been a sort of ‘on and off again’ smoker. I like the experience of smoking, but I realise its adverse consequences on my health and my purse, and also on my sports performance. I’ve always found nicotine addiction to be the easier aspect to deal with when deciding to put down smokes for a while. The craving is significantly lower after a few days, which I find manageable; just don’t light a cigarette, that’s it. However, I always start to miss smoking for the puffing, the habit and the taste after a while. Therefore, electric cigarettes seemed to be a plausible solution.
Well, as I wrote before, the feeling is mixed. I’ve never tried other e-cigarettes before, so I can only talk about this one. Before trying it, I have not been smoking for a bit more than a month. I opted for a low-nicotine cartridge, but I’ve also tried stronger ones. The stronger are closer to real smoking, with regards to the feeling at the back of the throat when inhaling the vapour, but for just puffing, the lighter was much better. I’ve particularly enjoyed the cappuccino flavour, although I never liked flavoured tobacco before. What is great though is that I can use it in the office and in a pub; and what is also very important, without disturbing anyone. But it’s not smoking. Maybe it’s unfair to compare it to cigarettes as the ‘real thing’ all the time. If one would use it parallel to regular cigarettes (at work, home or in the car for example), I think this product may be very good. To substitute completely for cigarettes, a bit less good, in which case the decision needs to be made to put down cigarettes to begin with. For people like me, who don’t want to be smoking but enjoy to mess about with it once in a while, it’s about fine, but I expect the initial enthusiasm will wear off. In other words, if I needed to provide for my daily nicotine intake, it would be a good alternative, but for the sheer enjoyment of smoking it’s just not as good. But I think this is not really specific to the product.
So, about the product. I think it looks nice, has a good feeling of quality about it and the cartridges are comfortable to handle and switch. The battery could be lighter, it’s too heavy to just leave it hanging in your mouth. I don’t get it about the light at the tip though. Is it really that necessary? If so, I can’t see why it needs to be purple and behind a ‘diamond-cut’ plastic or glass (I know not all lights are purple). It’s not really disturbing, but I’d be happier with no light, or just plain transparent material instead of the jewel-like one. The accessories are fine: all sorts of chargers (e.g., car and usb), hard and soft cases, all decent quality and look. All in all, the product and its accessories are practical and of good quality. Only the light at the tip makes it look a bit ‘cheap’, but that’s not that important. It’s easy and straightforward to use.
Although I wouldn’t say it’s a perfect cigarette replacement, I’d recommend the product for those who don’t want to smoke cigarettes all the time and wish to get a proportion of their nicotine-fix from an alternative source. I think one could switch to these completely (why not?), but it’s probably better to put down cigarettes all together if you can find the will to do so. I have no information about health-related issues regarding the use of e-cigarettes, but I’d think the lack of tar and carbon monoxide are a good starting point to make a case for them. For example, I had no problem with training after puffing a bit on this product, my lung capacity seemed intact. And with the price of cigarettes in the UK, this product is definitely cheaper, even on the not too long run. I’ll probably carry on using a low- or no-nicotine cartridge just to fiddle with something while in front of my computer in the office and puff a bit. To that end, it is perfect.”
November 7, 2011 at 5:43 am
Though I have read about the e-cigarettes in couple of places, but I still not get one things.
Would the puff taken from this product have equal implications for heath as that taken from the normal cigarette?
November 7, 2011 at 12:07 pm
As far as I’m aware e-cigarettes produce water vapor, so there is no ash, smoke, or bad smell hence there should be no dangers to your health.
November 8, 2011 at 6:13 am
Thanks so much for re- confirming on this aspect.
November 9, 2011 at 9:52 am
It is not clear yet what the effects of inhaling nicotine vapor are. It is probably a lot less unhealthy than a normal cigarette but it is still better not to smoke.
November 9, 2011 at 2:39 pm
I totally agree with danny, it’s probably still better for us not to smoke.
November 10, 2011 at 2:19 pm
You’re probably right, somehow smoke inside our body will never be good.
November 7, 2011 at 3:48 pm
I have first time read about the e-cigarettes.This post has astonished me that the technology has become more advanced.
November 10, 2011 at 10:51 pm
thanks for sharing . it’s probably still better for us not to smoke.
November 11, 2011 at 5:50 am
I really haven’t tried smoking yet.. I don’t know about this one but kinda betters smoking in a way.
November 11, 2011 at 11:28 pm
I bought the electronic cigarette for my wife 3 month ago.Now she smoke only the electronic cigarette and she is ready to quit smoking at all.
Electronic cigrettes help to quit smoking
November 12, 2011 at 8:43 pm
Electric cigarettes? O_O HAHA. I was speechless when I read this. I like the concept though. I wonder where this technology will be after 10 years from now.
November 14, 2011 at 12:16 pm
Nice thought.. 😀
December 24, 2011 at 10:11 pm
I hope electronic cigarette make quit smoking easier. I know that many people include some of my friends are using electronic cigarette and are very satisfied.
January 25, 2012 at 9:20 pm
Very nice review of the V4L. As for questions on the comments about e-cigs helping people quit, it’s possible to buy non-nicotine cartridges with various flavors. So, I guess that’s a healthier way to look at it.
March 7, 2012 at 10:46 pm
The electronic cigarette has helped many people reduce the smoking
March 19, 2012 at 9:03 am
This is a very nice gadget to used to prevent health problem. Smoking addiction is really hard same as to other types of addiction.
March 30, 2012 at 2:56 am
It’s always nice to see electronic cigarettes getting a bit of attention in the mainstream media. It helps people realize that these little cigarette-shaped devices are not cigarettes, but rather tools that we use to make life better for ourselves and the people around us. The elimination of secondhand smoke is definitely a good thing.
March 30, 2012 at 4:05 pm
You guys ever try the V2 e-cigs? My favorite! Seriously I have tried quitting forever and these are making the process much easier, and even, I can’t believe I am saying this – enjoyable!
April 3, 2012 at 8:43 am
It good to know about new e-cigs product and have you tried regal cigs??? One of the most economical and effective e-cigs that gives you new mean of smoking. So have a try! All the best
May 12, 2012 at 6:07 am
VFL was my first e cig still love them and have a few in my vapor collection 🙂
May 12, 2012 at 7:41 am
The V2 cig is one of the more promising newcomers to the world of electronic cigarettes. V2 cigarettes are rapidly becoming electronic cigarette smokers favorite electronic cigarette to help quit smoking tobacco. I was able to quit and have been free of tobacco cigarettes for around two years. I have gradually been decreasing the amount of nicotine I consume each day and I plan on being completely free of nicotine by next year.
November 23, 2012 at 10:29 am
These modern day electronic cigarettes definitely doesnot cause any harm to health since even if it causes smoke but its kind of artificial smoke that is just to produce the real feel of smoking.
January 31, 2013 at 8:06 pm
Personally, I think people should quit smoking cold turkey. But, I like electronic cigarettes because it’s only nicotine. Yes, nicotine causes nasty diseases and conditions such as erectile dysfunction. But, the tobacco in cigarettes and smokeless tobacco products contain over 4000 chemicals. 250 of them on toxic.
Looking at those numbers, I would rather take my chances with eCigarettes.
February 7, 2013 at 3:49 am
E-cigs are definitely green, smoke-free yet at the same time, you can still get your nicotine “fix”. What many don’t know is that the code of law does not state that e-cigs cannot be smoked in non-smoking areas so it’s great for those who have non-smoking friends, and want to keep them. It is also great for those trying to quit, a sort of a “halfway house” for smokers. Instead of going cold turkey, it’s good to have an in between progressive step towards quitting. Here, the smoker can opt to progressive go down the nicotine level until they don’t have the urge to smoke anymore.
March 5, 2013 at 3:29 pm
Electronic Cigarette is not just like a normal cigarette. It has an electrical device that simulates the acts of tobacco. The dense produce an inhaled vapor bearing the nicotine sensation. It provides a flavor and physical sensation similar as of inhaled tobacco.
March 25, 2013 at 9:02 pm
Yes your information is true about the manufacturers and individuals are recommending Electronic Cigarettes are a great alternative of tobacco cigarettes. Huge numbers of people are currently using e-cig and the percentage is growing up day by day.
April 8, 2013 at 7:27 pm
Nice review, ecigs are the way forward.
April 15, 2013 at 8:13 am
i feel that electronic cigarettes are much safer than traditional cigarettes. i wouldnt say e-cigs are safe because anything you inhale will not be good for the body. at least with electronic cigarettes, there is no tar which will not blacken your lungs but there is still nicotine which can cause problems to the heart. i think its a better alternative than smoking a real cigarette. i have been smoking both and i have stop regular cigarettes and i feel much healthier compare to when i was smoking a regular cigarettes. hopefully i can stop e-cig too one day which i think has helped me slow down on the nicotine.
May 22, 2013 at 8:41 am
I was a bit apprehensive about buying from v2 because their web site was complex, but after reading reviews on other sites, it was certainly worth the time researching them. Everyone is as seems to be impressed as I am now.
June 26, 2013 at 1:00 pm
Thanks for this article and the comments, I agree with you guys that using nothing is defiantly the best option. The problem is many people really struggle to give up nicotine and end up back on tobacco. So now there is a alternative they can use to still get nicotine but in a much safer way (yes taking anything into your body always is a risk). Hopefully we will see massive health benefits in the years to come from reduced associated cancers.
July 2, 2013 at 2:54 pm
I think fewer people are “fearful” of e-cigarettes now the truth about the positive aspects of smoking e-cigarettes is being promoted by so many reputable sources.
I’ve written extensively on the subject; – even have an article about the chemicals tested in e-cigarettes. I’m a true supporter of this revolutionary product which continues to improve.
July 7, 2013 at 8:47 pm
Due to the odorless nature of the Electronic Cigarette, you are able to smoke it just about anywhere. It has been used in bars, pubs, night clubs, restaurants, casinos, hotels, airports and more. Thanks for Your Nice Post.
November 12, 2013 at 6:36 pm
Most Ecig brands market that they have “no smell’. However, if you try the Halo electronic cigarette, the vapor from it smells like that flavor. It only last for a few seconds though, before dissipating. Makes you wonder how different ecigs will be in 5 or 10 years.
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